We asked fashion-photographer-turned-artist Peter Bainbridge some questions about his new collection of portraits, 'An Imaginary Life'. See the new collection here.
What drew you to the particular historical figures you have depicted?
Sorry to disappoint, but there not really historical, they’re dreams textures and thoughts.?
Re; Girl drinking Tea. This one was a memory fusion really, i saw my mother as a muslim living in Morocco chatting to friends. The Sunbather…A provocative little catholic girl really. A teacher on holiday relaxing on the sand. Two opposites living together.
What do you think the purpose or role of portraiture is?
What was your artistic process like for creating these works?
In the early 1980’s i managed rock bands in Melbourne’s St Kilda, a mad time. Nick Cave drew, or rather, as it turns out, cut out a skull, a title and a clarinet. He put them together for the cover of The Birthday Parties Mr Clarinet, a seven inch vinyl single. (Released 1980) That image hit me like a lightning bolt. I adored the simplicity. A couple of months ago i rang Phill Calvert, the drummer of the Birthday Party and he confirmed the above. Nick was inspired by Matisse. I was inspired by Nick Cave.